What Should I Study?

What are you passionate about? What would be the right major for you? What does your gut tell you? Let us show you just why all of this is important to consider and how you can find out what is best for you in just 6 steps.

What Kind of Person Are You

"From A for Artificial Intelligence to Z for Zoology... Help, I have no idea! But I still have time, don't I?"
Juliane, age 16, 7th class, HAK

"So, it's either mechatronics or mechanical engineering. I have a shortlist, but which program is right for me?"
Lukas, age 19, 5th class, HTL

"I want to be an astronaut - but which degree program will get me to where I want to be?"
Selina, age 18, 8th class, AHS

Regardless of what kind of person you are, we will help find the degree program that is right for you! Your personal interests and passions are your own and not the same as those of your friends or your parents. You choose. Our 6 steps and personal academic advising services can help.

Office of Student Psychological
Counseling Linz


Johannes Kepler University
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Hochschulfond Bldg.
1st Floor, Rm. HF0120


+43 732 2468 7930

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
7.15 AM - 3.30 PM
7.15 AM - 1.30 PM

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Choose a major that's right for you

Katrin Kleboth from the Office of Student Psychological Counseling Services Linz talks about how to reach your goal in just 6 steps! Easy, right?


A Summary of the 6 Steps to Help You Choose a Major

1. Self-Exploration

Think about it, especially about your interests, talents, values, and goals. What feels right to you?

2. Develop Ideas

Imagine a few future scenarios. Where do you see yourself? Make a list of degree programs that you find particularly interesting.

3. Get the Information

Get all of the information you can about your prospective major and broaden your perspective. Compare the curricula - what do you learn where and where are the main areas of focus. Find out more about future career prospects and opportunities.

4. Weigh the Alternatives

What do you expect and what will the program demand from you. Make a list of all of the pros & cons in regard to the programs' advantages and disadvantages and then weigh them.

5. Make a Decision

Look at the results of your list. Also trust to your gut. Then make your decision!

6. Make it Happen

Register to enroll in good time and have all the required documents ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn more about my strengths and interests?

In order to find out more about your strengths and interests, ask yourself a few questions such as: "What subjects do I like and enjoy most at school and why? Which of my summer jobs have I liked so far and what exactly did I like about them? What hobbies do I enjoy in particular and what is it that I like so much about them?". Use your skills of observation in your environment and ask your family, classmates and friends what they think your strengths are.

How do I find out which program is a good fit for me?

To help discover what best fits your interests, talents, and life goals, ask yourself a series of questions again, such as, "Where do I see myself in ten or fifteen years? What values and goals in life are important to me? Where am I willing to make compromises or not? What am I especially talented at? How well do my interests match up with my talents? How well have I done my research to find out about the educational opportunities out there? How much time, energy, and money am I prepared to invest in order to reach my goals?" In addition, filling out questionnaires to assess your abilities can help provide good suggestions for a profession or major that suits you.

The Office of Student Psychological Counseling Services would be happy to talk with you and provide information as well as free assessment testing and questionnaire evaluations.

What are the educational opportunities in general after
passing the "Matura" examination?

There are many educational opportunities in Austria once you have passed your "Matura" examination. In addition to apprenticeships (in fields of engineering or business, for example), teacher training institutions (to pursue a profession in education) and in-company training (to become a train dispatcher or flight attendant, for example), academies and dual academies, colleges (to become a kindergarten teacher or pursue a profession requiring education in chemistry or photography) and health institutions, there is a wide range of academic degree programs available at educational universities, universities, and universities of applied sciences as well as dual studies.

How can I decide between several alternatives?

Review the available opportunities and once you have selected a few programs and narrowed down your options, you need to weigh them against each other. The best way is to consider whether or not these options are line with your personal goals and values in life. Once you know what is important to you and how you picture your future, you will be able to weigh the pros and cons of various educational programs for yourself.

We recommend creating a list of pros & cons to review various factors that could play a role in your decision, such as job prospects, where the program takes place, how long is the program, what are the housing options, what is the admissions procedure, should I attend a university or university of applied sciences, etc. In order to be able to best assess these factors, you need information. This is why - in addition to self-exploration - we recommend conducting extensive research in advance. Don't forget that a pros & cons list is something very specific and individual to each person and a "con" on someone else's list may be a "pro" on your list.

Once you have looked at all of the alternatives and made your pros & cons list, weigh the pros & cons.  There may be a number of cons for some programs and you will have to exclude the one or other option but where you have more pros, you can make a decision about that program. Little by little, you will be able to find out what suits you best as well as what the best alternatives are.

Your Studies at the JKU

Congratulations! You've created a shortlist of majors or are going back and forth between a couple of options? Learn more about campus life, sit in on a lecture, or chat with students. You can do all of this at the JKU even before you decide on a major! Take a look at some of the following programs to get an idea of your future could look like:


Still have questions?

Do you still have specific questions about a degree program or you need help to register?

The JKU Office of Student Information and Academic Advising Services (SIBS) is more thanhappy to assist you! Our team can answer all of your questions from A to Z.

Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)


Johannes Kepler University
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


+43 732 2468 3450



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